Roxanna Kay (Davis) Kimmet passed away on February 7, 2023, at her home in Shelby from cancer. She was born on January 29, 1959, in Shelby, Montana to William and Shirley (Adams) Davis. She is survived by her husband, Lyle C. Kimmet, and sisters Kathleen Davis, Shelby, and Linda Spangler, Minot, North Dakota, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents.
Visitation is Friday, February 17, from 5 until 7 PM with a family rosary to follow at the Whitted Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, February 18, at the Living Faith Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Roxanna attended Shelby schools and graduated in May of 1979. While in high school Roxanna won the Heisey Foundation Award in 1976 and then an award for outstanding improvement in Citizenship, Scholarship, and Effort in 1979. Roxanna was an outstanding artist and poet. She attended an art workshop in Bozeman and she won a prize for her poem ‘It Was Called Halloween’. In October 2004, her poem ‘By My Window’, won the Editor’s Choice Award and will be published in the International Library of Poetry.
Following high school, she attended Great Falls Vocational Technical School in Great Falls and graduated with a Certified Nursing Assistant degree. Roxanna held many different jobs in her lifetime, working for the Marias Care Center and Marias Medical Center until 2000 in the housekeeping department and as a CNA. She was a housekeeper at the O’Haire Manor, at Williams Court Motel, at the Comfort Inn, the breakfast cook at the Best Western, at Pat’s Diner at night for three years, and the night swamper for the Dixie Inn. She also cleaned for some people on the side. For a time, Roxanna worked at the Roxy Theatre and CCA. During the time her mother was in the nursing home, she spent many loving hours with her.
Roxanna and Lyle Kimmet went on a blind date set up by Pat Savage in August 1988. On their dates they went to see Crocodile Dundee at the theatre and Lyle took her to eat Chinese food in Lethbridge, Alberta since she had never been to Canada. Following a short courtship, they were married at Sunrise Assembly of God Church in Shelby on December 11, 1988. Roxanna always wanted a big family and after marrying Lyle, she inherited his eight brothers, another sister and many nieces and nephews.
Roxanna had a great sense of humor and enjoyed many things: making people laugh, cooking, canning vegetables from her garden, quilting, traveling to Glacier Park, cutting hair, giving pedicures, and doing puzzles. She truly loved her four dachshunds – Sweet Pea, Sam, Betty Boop, and Fiona. Roxanna enjoyed her morning meetings with friends for coffee at the Griddle Café.
Roxanna loved Jesus and was a true follower of God’s teachings. She read her bible, prayed for the people around her, and enjoyed the music of the worship of God. She used to say, ‘Blessed are the Flexible for they will never crack, They will just bend out of Shape’.
Memorials may be sent to The Walter Hoving Home, 127 S. El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 or to The Great Falls Legacy House, 3004 15th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405.